Who Invented the Modern Olympic Games? History & Facts

Pierre Fredy, Baron de Coubertin, pictured above, was the principal organizer of the modern Olympic Games. He believed that sports and physical training played an essential role in the formation of a student’s character, and promoted his Ideas by writing papers and founding numerous sporting societies.

Pierre de Coubertin founded the IOC (International Olympic Committee) and was a keen sportsman who enjoyed boxing, fencing, rowing, and horse-riding. He died in 1920 in Geneva, and a monument has been built in Atlanta, United States.

Modern Olympic Games
Gateway of Dreams, Atlanta, Georgia, United States 

“The important thing in life is not to triumph but to compete.”

– Pierre de Coubertin, IOC Founder.

Father of Modern Olympic Games

Pierre de Coubertin was a Frenchman who was fascinated by ancient Greece. He also believed that sport could bring nations together. At an international conference on sport held in Paris in 1894, he presented his dream of bringing back the Olympic Games.

His idea was enthusiastically received, and the International Olympic Committee, or IOC, was founded. In just two years, in 1896, the modern Olympics was inaugurated in Greece, almost 1500 years after the last of the ancient Olympics.

It was Pierre de Coubertin’s dream that saw this rebirth, and so he is known as the ‘father of the modern Olympics‘.

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Next Olympic Game

As Olympics games are held every four years; Olympics 2020 is happening in Tokyo from 23 July to 8 August 2021. It is delayed due to the Corona pandemic.

The next winter Olympics will be held in Beijing, China from 4 February to 20 February 2022 and Paris will host the next summer Olympics from 26 July to 11 August 2024.

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